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The Skills And Qualities You Need To Look For In a Business Coach

The Skills And Qualities You Need To Look For In A Business Coach

Are you an entrepreneur? Are you looking for a little advice and guidance on your path to success?

If so, you should ask your local council or university about masterclasses and mentor sessions. These sessions are both interesting and informative and will generally turn out to be quite insightful.

To ensure you get the best out of these sessions, its best to do a little research first, because the speakers may either a) talk about something you’re not interested in, or b) be a complete waste of your time.

So, once you’ve got a list of names (upcoming events in your area), you should do a little background research.

These are the kinds of things you should be looking for:


The number one thing to look for is their resume. What is it they have accomplished? What is it you want to accomplish and does their experience reflect that? If he or she hasn’t ‘walked the walk’, then there’s not much point in attending.

You want them to have paid their dues so they can speak to you about real-life experiences. Ideally they will have failed and succeeded during their career.

This is important because their insight will help you avoid making costly mistakes and increase your chance of success.


Having a great attitude comes with time and experience. The right coach will have been through it all, and they will have come out the other side knowing a sense of humor goes a long way in business.

They can see the bigger picture and the finer details, they understand it’s all a numbers game and they don’t get too upset. The ideal coach is also patient, persistent and determined.

Willing To Share

A great coach will be willing to share all their experiences with you – both good and bad. If you get the feeling that they are holding back, that’s not a good sign. You will learn more from someone who is being transparent.


Does the coach give lectures about a variety of subjects? If that’s the case, then you should exercise a little caution, because it’s impossible to be everything to everyone, and nor is it desirable.

If they’re out there just to earn a quick buck, then they are getting more out of it than you are, and that shouldn’t be the case.


You must be able to have access to your coach – via email or other means. A good coach will be willing to customize a program especially for you, because they know once size doesn’t fit all.

Test how much they care about your problems and concerns by specifically asking them how much time they can offer you, and what their schedule and availability is like.

Note: This isn’t about hounding them, it’s about being able to liaise on an infrequent basis when you may need them.


Who do they know and how can those other people help you?

A great entrepreneur is a great networker, so they know that if they’re going to get to where they want to be, they will need a list of contacts as long as their arm!

We all know the saying; ‘it’s not what you know, it’s who you know’.


Ask your coach what they expect from you. (because this works both ways remember) 😉

A good coach will keep you accountable and set you tasks to achieve by the next time they see you. If you keep up your side of the bargain, they are more likely to keep in touch and guide you through some of the tougher stages – up to the point they think you’re ready to fly solo!

5 Tips For A Sucessful Christmas Marketing Campaign

5 Tips For A Successful Christmas Marketing Campaign

With the festive season very much upon us, it’s important to target your customers successfully, in order to make the most of this time of year. Whether you’re looking for some last minute inspiration or you want to be prepared for next year, here are our top five tips on how to run a successful Christmas marketing campaign.

Christmas Office Decorating Ideas

Christmas Office Decorating Ideas

If youre looking for a way to boost team morale over the festive period, then why not get your colleagues to decorate the office?

Christmas time without a festive feel may mean your colleagues feel a little downbeat and lethargic, so theres no better way to brighten spirits and boost team morale.


Everything You Need To Know About The New Nintendo Switch

Lunch times in the workplace tend to be a little boring don’t they!  Well what if you could remedy that with a little fun?

Did you know that Nintendo’s newest console, The Switch, is about to come out? What’s more, it’s both portable and dock-able, so whether you’re in the canteen or meeting room you can pretty much play it anywhere.

That’s right, the device can connect to a TV and it also comes with a screen of its own!

Watch: The Nintendo Switch

The main console controller, which is known as the Joy-Con, has a left and right controllers which slot on and off both sides of a main controller –  allowing for both single and multiple player functions.

Known before its announcement as the NX, it’s one of the weirdest and most interesting pieces of major gaming hardware we’ve seen for a while.

Nintendo’s goal with the Switch was to fill all gaming niches, i.e. single player sessions, mobile sessions, party gaming, playing with a friend and e-sports, and its ticked every box!

Here’s some additional highlights;

  • In some situations, you can prop it up with a kickstand and use one half of the controller in each hand.
  • If you like, you can put the Switch back into its living room console box, but use a more traditional controller instead.
  • With friends, you can prop up the Switch with its kickstand and turn each half of the controller into a simple gamepad. In this case there would be four players in total, playing against each other on two separate Switches.
  • Nintendo promises that you can play the same games whether the Switch is mobile or docked, and the device looks beefier than your average Nintendo handheld
  • The Joy Con’s is an analog stick which has four face buttons on each. They can either be used separately, slotted onto the side of the main Switch body, or secured to a Joy-Con Grip accessory.
  • The Switch uses DS-like GameCards They’ve been described as “cartridges” before, but they’re essentially the kind of little cards that players of portable Nintendo games will be familiar with. They pop right into the side of the tablet.
  • 48 software companies have pledged support for the Nintendo Switch. They include game development companies like EA, Bethesda, Capcom, Activision, and Ubisoft, as well as middleware and game engine companies like Unity and Havok.
  • So far, we’ve seen 6 compatible games via the trailer. These are; The Legend of Zelda, Mario Kart, a new Super Mario game, the paint-based team shooter Splatoon, open-world fantasy game The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim, and an unspecified NBA game.
  • It will be available in March.
  • There’s no price as of yet, but keep your eyes peeled because more news is expected shortly!

So get rid of that Wii, it’s time to prepare yourself for a whole new generation of gaming! The opportunities with this new console are endless, meaning the office parties are going to be absolutely in sane.

You could even create a month on month league table and award the winners for finishing first. Its sure to keep them all happy, on their toes and as de-stressed as they can possibly be.  

Check out this fantastic article on the history of Nintendo 

6 Of The Best Online Business Ideas

6 Of The Best Online Business Ideas

Being an entrepreneur doesn’t mean you’re restricted to opening a retail store or working as a tradesman. Especially not in this day and age.

The internet offers a wealth of opportunity when starting your own business – often with little or no cost.


10 Ways To Be More Productive At Work

Whether it’s that blank document that still hasn’t been turned into a winning business proposal or the cluttered inbox you keep telling yourself you’re going to get through, we’re all guilty of putting things off at work. Sadly when you’re the boss it brings a whole host of responsibility and pressure, you’ll be all too aware that there are only so many hours in the day to conquer your mountainous workload. If you seem to have more and more on your to-do list that is not getting ticked off, read on.

How To Turn Your Hobby Into A Business

How To Turn Your Hobby Into A Business

Many of us have always dreamed about making money from our hobbies, whether it’s painting your favourite landscapes or knitting gorgeous knits for newborn babies, there are few greater accomplishments than being able to turn your creative endeavour into a viable business. You need to have faith it your talent and a whole heap of determination because starting a business isn’t easy but if you’re prepared to put the hard work in there is nothing more rewarding.

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